Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love this recipe!  One taste of the batter and you’ll think you’re sitting on the front steps in the middle of summer having a cool treat!  Which is a GREAT memory to conjure in the middle of winter when most people don’t want too much ice cream but a nice chewy cookie is always welcome.

Found this recipe online while looking for green cookie recipes (we wanted something that would be green for xmas without just being a sugar cookie died to be green)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
    1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
    6 to 8 drops green food color
    1 egg
    1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks.

2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Adjustments:

  • I used 1/4 tsp of mint extract plus one more drop straight from the bottle.  Personally I would think 1/2 tsp would be too much so taste it after 1/4 and add more if you think its necessary.
  • When I have time, I hope to remove the pre-made cookie mix and use just a really good sugar cookie base.  But I always follow the recipe the first time and adjust from there.
  • I also added a splash of vanilla extract/paste just to round out the flavor.

Tips:

  • The only tip is not to be scared if your kitchen smells like paint thinner while these cook.  It’s the alcohol burning off the mint extract.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t find Creme De Menthe chips (generally found at more upscale or larger grocery stores).  We substituted Andes Mints.  I chopped up about 2 rows from the box (probably half the box… I can’t remember if there are 4 or 5 rows in a box of Andes).  And just tossed those in with the chocolate chips.